FARC-EP Joint Communiqué #78 on Ethnic Diversity

Havana, Cuba, June 27, 2016

The delegations of the National Government and the FARC-EP met for two days with representatives of indigenous, Afro-Colombian, black, raizal and palenqueras peoples and communities, to listen to their recommendations, contributions and proposals, which will serve as input for the sixth point Agenda of the General Agreement “Implementation, Verification and countersignature”.

On Sunday morning, the parties received leaders of indigenous peoples and communities represented by the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia, ONIC, the Indigenous Confederation Tayrona CIT, Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon – OPIAC, Zonal Indigenous Organization of Putumayo -OZIP, the Major Council of the Lower Atrato CAMIZBA and Traditional Indigenous Authorities of Colombia – Major Government.

In the afternoon, the meeting was with representatives of the National Coordination of Indigenous Peoples of Colombia CONPI, the Association of Indigenous Councils of Tolima ACIT, the Regional Indigenous Council of Arauca CRIA, the Ministry of Authorities of the Wounaan people – WOUNDEKO, the Indigenous Regional Council of the Nasa People of Putumayo and the Council Monaya Buinaima.

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Today, the parties had a session with nine representatives of organizations and organizational expressions of black, Afro-Colombian, Raizal and palenqueras communities: the National Afro-Colombian Peace Council – CONPA, the Association of Small and Medium Miners of Chocó – ASOMICHOCÓ, the Communities Building Peace from the Territory- CONPAZ, the National Coordination of Afro-descendent Organizations and Communities CONAFRO, Chao Racismo and Poder Ciudadano.

At these meetings, the delegations received inputs for the construction of a differential ethnic approach to irradiate point 6 of the General Agreement. Participants expressed their support for the peace process.

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The territorial peace will only be possible, in more than 30% of the rural territory of the country, if we include the ethnic groups that inhabit it, their rich experience in peace-building, and the value of their rights as mechanisms for the prevention of new conflicts in the implementation of the agreements.

The delegations reiterate our commitment to respect for and protection of ethnic and cultural diversity.

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